Sonny Rollins: Where Are You?
Where Are You?
Sonny Rollins (tenor sax)
The Bridge (RCA Victor 09026-68518-2)
Composed by Harold Adamson & Jimmy McHugh.
Recorded: New York, February 13, 1962
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
In 1962, returning from one of his periodic sabbaticals, Sonny Rollins met a mixed reception. For some, jazz's increasing experimentalism had rendered Rollins passé. One young jazzman dismissed the elder's comeback album as outmoded, scoffing, "We all knew Sonny could play pretty.” This was like declining free samples from Fort Knox by saying, "We all knew they had gold there." In five golden minutes, Sonny reminds us that ballads aren't about navigating tricky chord changes. They're about rafting the far trickier currents of the human heart. Sonny Rollins was a raftsman par excellence.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz